Jason DeRusha’s Favorite Happy Hours

Happy hour deals reward customers during off hours. These are some top locations around the Twin Cities.
801 Fish
801 Fish


Happy hour is back! I know, not all workers have returned to the office full-time, but with more companies coming back to work at least a couple days a week, more restaurants are revitalizing happy hour specials to lure folks back in. The reality is our urban restaurants are struggling to attract bar business between 4 and 5:30 p.m. and again after 9 p.m. You win in this equation, as restaurants are doing far more than just a couple bucks off rail cocktails. Look for special menus geared toward friends and co-workers gathering. Even if you work from home, it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and save some money.

Downtown Minneapolis/North Loop

The Butcher’s Tale, 1121 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-236-4075, butcherstale.com

Char Bar, 901 N. Third St., Suite 195, Minneapolis, 612-886-1769, charbarmpls.com

Murray’s, 26 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis, 612-339-0909, murraysrestaurant.com

NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar, 515 N. Washington Ave., No. 100, Minneapolis, 612-800-6033, noloskitchen.com

North Loop Galley, 729 N. Washington Ave., Suite 102, Minneapolis, 612-354-7450, northloopgalley.org

P.S. Steak, 510 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, 612-886-1620, psmpls.com

Jason’s Pick: 801 Chophouse/801 Fish

801 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-230-2467, 801chophouse.com

Deals run 3:30-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2:30-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 

Hai Hai
Hai Hai

Photo by Tyson Crockett

Greater Minneapolis

Freehouse, 701 N. Washington Ave., No. 101, Minneapolis, 612-339-7011, freehousempls.com

Kim’s, 1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis, kimsmpls.com

Kyatchi, 3758 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-236-4429, kyatchi.com

Sonora Grill, 3300 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-722-2500, sonoragrill.sonorampls.com 

Hai Hai
Hai Hai

Photo by Tyson Crockett

Jason’s Pick: Hai Hai 

2121 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-223-8640, haihaimpls.com

Picks include $8 cocktails, $5 beer and wine, and food specials 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and all night Sunday.

Black Hart
Black Hart


St. Paul

Brunson’s Pub, 956 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-447-2483, brunsonspub.com 

Iron Ranger, 1085 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-203-7096, ironrangermn.com 

Los Ocampo, multiple St. Paul locations, losocampo.com

Pajarito, 605 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-340-9545, pajaritorestaurant.com

Parlour St. Paul, 267 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-207-4433, parlourbar.com

Jason’s Pick: Black Hart of St. Paul

1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-528-8028, blackhartstp.com

Daily happy hour runs 4-7 p.m. with two-for-one rail drinks and domestic beer, and $1 off everything else.

Birch's on the Lake
Birch’s on the Lake


Across the Twin Cities/Suburbs

Barrio, multiple locations, barriotequila.com

Centro, multiple locations, centrompls.com

Cov, multiple locations, covrestaurants.com

Cowboy Jack’s, multiple locations, theaftermidnightgroup.com

Ike’s Food & Cocktails, multiple locations, ilikeikes.com

Muddy Cow, multiple locations, muddycowbar.com

Olive’s Fresh Pizza, multiple locations, olivesfresh.com

Red Cow, multiple locations, redcowmn.com

Jason’s Pick: Birch’s on the Lake

1310 Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake, 952-473-7373, birchsonthelake.com

Specials include $5 beer and well drinks, $3 oysters, and food deals running 3-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.